Anyone who joined the military up until the mid 1980s were told if they served 20 years in the military then they would get free healthcare for life. Healthcare was also free for their immediate family, too.
Slowly but surely that benefit went the way of CHAMPUS (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services) and now it’s called TRICARE and co-pays are the norm.
Sure, it is still not a bad deal for military retirees, but it was not what many were promised. The bad thing is that good old Uncle Sam can increase the co-payments with little or no fanfare to help pay for the out of control spending they have done over the past few years.
Most members of Congress never served in the military. President Obama never served, either. I just thought I would throw that fact out for all to read.
In yesterday’s Washington Post we find:
The deficit reduction plan put forth by President Obama on Monday would increase pharmacy co-payments for military beneficiaries and establish a first-ever annual fee in the military’s Tricare for Life health benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees.